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Cuonzo Martin signs four-star big man Jeremiah Tilmon

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Missouri announced on Monday that they had landed a commitment from Jeremiah Tilmon, a top 50 prospect and a former Illinois signee.

Tilmon joins a recruiting class, Cuonzo Martin’s first at Missouri, that already includes Michael Porter Jr., arguably the top player in the class, and Blake Harris, a top 100 point guard in the Class of 2017. Both were initially committed to Washington. And, potentially, Porter’s brother Jontay may wind up in the class as well, as many believe he will reclassify and enroll at Missouri this season.

Missouri has also added Canisius grad transfer Kassius Robertson, who averaged 16.1 points last season.

VIDEO: North Carolina’s Joel Berry II surprises his mom for Mother’s Day

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Joel Berry II, who decided that he would be returning to North Carolina for his senior season instead of turning pro, gave his mom the shock of a lifetime when he surprised her for Mother’s Day and her birthday:

Berry and his family have a very close relationship. His parents and all of his siblings got matching tattoos in support of his redemption tour before the national title game.

Duke lands commitment from Trevon Duval, top point guard in 2017

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Trevon Duval, a top five player in the Class of 2017 and the potential No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, announced on Monday that he had committed to play his college basketball at Duke.

Duval picked the Blue Devils over Kansas, Seton Hall, Baylor and Arizona, although his selection, in the end, wasn’t all that much of a surprise. Duval is the sixth commitment Duke has received in the Class of 2017, joining fellow five-star prospects Gary Trent Jr. and Wendell Carter, along with four-stars Alex O’Connell and Jordan Tucker and three-star recruit Jordan Goldwire.

This is a massive commitment for the Blue Devils. They have struggled to find a replacement at the point guard spot since Tyus Jones went one-and-done after leading Duke to the 2015 national title. The lack of a natural point guard last season was one of the major reasons that the Duke, as talented as they were, ended up with a thoroughly underwhelming season.

Landing Duval is the difference-maker. Even after missing out on Kevin Knox, who committed to Kentucky, and losing Frank Jackson to the NBA Draft, Duke will have a chance to compete for ACC and National titles this year. The biggest question now becomes who will play the four. Grayson Allen, who returned for his senior season, will likely start along Trent on the wing while Wendell Carter starts in the pivot. Will Coach K play two bigs, with Carter alongside Marques Bolden, or will he use a wing like Alex O’Connell or Jordan Tucker as an undersized four?

That’s where losing out on Knox hurt. He would’ve fit perfectly in that spot. Duke has not played with two big men on the front line since Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee patrolled the paint, and even Kelly shot better than 40 percent from three while attempting more than three threes per game his last two seasons. You have to go all the way back to 2010, the year when Duke won a national title, to find a team that played two paint-oriented players in their front court.

With scoring up, only tweaks proposed to college basketball

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Pleased with recent changes that have boosted offense, the NCAA basketball rules committee chose not to propose any drastic moves for next season such as breaking the men’s game into four quarters, pushing back the 3-point line or widening the lane.

The committee did encourage conferences and tournaments to experiment with some of those alterations as a way to get a handle on the possible effects they would have on a game they feel is trending in the right direction.

“Officiating continues to emphasize freedom of movement, physicality and free flow of the game,” Duquesne coach Keith Dambrot, the committee chairman, said Friday. “Adjustments for next season are going to be relatively minor which shows that I think most of the key stakeholders in the game feel like things are going well.”

Two years ago, the shot clock was dropped from 35 to 30 seconds. The rules committee also recommended officials crack down on what many coaches felt was overly physical play that restricted movement. Division I teams averaged 73.4 points per game last season, up from 67.5 in the 2012-13. Points per game and field-goal percentage (44.4 percent) last season were the highest since 1994-95. Possessions per game have gone up as well.

The proposals the committee announced Friday were more modest and included, increasing the size of the coach’s box from 28 to 38 feet; expanding the use of replay in the last two minutes to aid officials with some block-charge calls near the baskets and tweaking how the shot clock is reset.

The committee also proposed making throw-in spots in the front court more consistent, a mandatory minimum of 0.3 seconds be taken off the clock when the ball is legally touched and redefining a legal screen.

The committee also proposed allowing the Southeastern Conference to use a centralized replay system that would give on-court officials some help reviewing calls by officials not at game sites.

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel will consider the proposals in June.

As for the potentially big changes involving quarters, the 3-point line and the lane, Art Hyland, the committee’s secretary and rules’ editor, said all three are “still in play.”

In the NIT this year, team fouls were reset at the beginning of each half and 10 minutes into each half, mimicking four quarters. Hyland said similar experiments could be used this season with the 3-point line. He said collecting data on the playing with a wider lane is more difficult.

Hyland said potential issues with media partners over commercial breaks needed to be worked out before the men’s game could make the move from two 20-minutes halves to four 10-minute quarters. Women’s college basketball games are timed by quarters as NBA games and almost all high school games.

“In the meantime we’re trying some experimental rules that kind of creating quarters without really creating quarters, but you get some of the same benefits such as a reset of the one-and-one and other things coaches are in favor of,” Hyland said.

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CBT Podcast: George Washington head coach Maurice Joseph

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In today’s episode, I had a chance to sit down with Maurice Joseph, the new head coach of George Washington. Joseph spent last season as a 31 year old interim head coach, getting the job just days before the season started. We talked about that experience as well as what it’s like being a Canadian hooper, playing for Tom Izzo and why he’ll never eat squid on a stick again.

JaQuan Lyle arrested in Indiana, quit Ohio State team in April

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Former Ohio State guard JaQuan Lyle was arrested early on Saturday morning back after an incident in a bar in his native Indiana.

Lyle was charged with public intoxication, criminal mischief to a vehicle and disorderly conduct, all misdemeanors, and released on $150 bond, according to Vandendurgh Sheriffs booking records.

USA Today obtained a police report detailing the incident:

A police affidavit states that an on-duty officer observed Lyle bumping into patrons, including an officer, at Pistons Bar and Grill on West Franklin Street. Lyle was asked to leave the bar for being intoxicated. Police said that Lyle punched the front door and walked outside. After the officer advised the front-door cashier to not allow Lyle back inside, Lyle walked to a marked police vehicle and punched the hood of the car. Police then arrested Lyle and transported him to the Vanderburgh County Corrections Center.

Lyle, a former five-star recruit, averaged 11.4 points and 4.6 assists as a sophomore with the Buckeyes, but according to an Ohio State spokesman, he had quit the team on April 11th. Ohio State went 38-29 in his two seasons, failing to make the NCAA tournament either year.

Lyle was part of a five-man recruiting class in 2015, but he was the only one of those five to play a second season in Columbus. He initially committed to Louisville, and in Katina Powell’s 2015 book title “Breaking Cardinal Rules”, Lyle was one of the recruits mentioned has having sex with an escort hired by a former Cardinal assistant coach. He had signed with Oregon in the Class of 2014, but he failed to qualify academically.